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DMPS to Charge Teachers for Personal Appliances in the Classroom

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Today it was reported by KCCI that the school district plans to implement a new policy to charge teachers annual fees to keep personal appliances in their classrooms.  The ultimate goal is for teachers to get rid of personal appliances to reduce energy usage throughout the district.  For example, based on the national average 11.8 cents a kWH, one mini fridge can cost anywhere from $27 to $80 a year to operate depending on the model.  DMPS is among many school districts and employers throughout the country attempting to make similar behavioral modifications.  For example,  in 2011 Limestone County Schools […]

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USGBC Hosts Legislative Preview

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The 2014 Iowa legislative session is underway! Sunday we attended a legislative preview hosted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Those in attendance were able to discuss environmental issues and concerns as well as hear about related legislative priorities for the 2014 session. In attendance were key democratic members of Iowa House Committees and 10-12 groups, representing environmental-and energy-focused groups and businesses. Marti Anderson, Chris Hall, Curtis Hanson, Dave Jacoby, and Jo Oldson were in attendance, among other representatives. Representative Chuck Isenhart, a ranking member on the House Environmental Protection Committee, kicked off the event and many topics were discussed. One hot […]

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